Woodland birds: Sussex, England

Some photos from a long day spent in a hide in a secluded woodland in West Sussex.

Male great spotted woodpecker

Male great spotted woodpecker

Male common chaffinch

Male common chaffinch

Blue tit

Blue tit

Puffins

The Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast in England are home to over 10,000 breeding puffins. Oblivious to man as they constantly fly in with sand eels to feed their broods it's one of natures great spectacles.

Watts Chapel, Guildford

Sitting on a hillside in the village of Compton just outside Guildford in Surrey is Watts Chapel, a masterpiece of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

I have always thought it would be a great subject for a film. In the years before the First World War local artist Mary Fraser-Tytler, wife of the eminent Victorian artist George Watts offered to build a mortuary chapel for the village. She enlisted the help of over 70 villagers and taught them pottery in evening classes. All the terracotta tiles and decorations were made by Mary and her volunteers.

Mary and George are buried in the chapel grounds as are the visionary author Aldous Huxley and the ground breaking actress Patricia Hayes.

Avocets

Uncommon in England these beautiful waders breed on the Norfolk coast every spring. These photos were taken at Cley Next The Sea.